Today we drove across the northern Cascades on our way from a family wedding to catch an airplane in Seattle heading for the Write To Publish Conference. We drove through an area recently devastated by a landslide. Lives had been lost and many homes destroyed. I had seen it on the news, but those pictures didn’t come close what I saw today. The emotional response as we drove was much stronger. One interesting thing I saw was new sprouts and leaves on stumps of trees which had been broken in the landslide. This sight actually brought feelings of hope.
I’m trying to get back on track today because last week I didn’t keep my commitment to you, my readers. I was so tired from the conference; I didn’t accomplish much during the past week. That being said, this week I’m have to get my act together because I leave again in a few days—first for a wedding in Washington State followed by teaching and taking pitches at the Write To Publish conference in Chicago.
I made it home from the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. After four days of total adrenalin, I came home by way of a Rockies baseball game and an AWANA year-end awards program. As an introvert, the past few days have been a total drain on my energy, but it was totally worth it. Why do I put myself through all the stress of such event?
First, this particular conference is a time of renewal.
Tonight’s blog will be short because it has been a long day at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and I have another long day tomorrow.
Today I spent some time comforting authors who for one reason or another missed appointments with agents or editors. It is important to note in each of these situations, something happened.
Okay, I have to admit it. I didn’t follow my own advice. Last week I posted about getting ready for a conference, packing in advance and taking time to rest before the conference.
I didn’t get Monday’s blog done because I was frantically trying to get last minute things done including washing clothes and preparing to facilitate a workshop on Tuesday. And I got to add in helping my husband change a tire in the snow and spending time at the Discount Tire while they fixed it.
Most of the day Tuesday was spent at the workshop and related activities.
In response to my post about the needing to rest before and during conferences, Jennifer Hallmark commented that she chose not to pitch at her first conference. This can be a good choice because it decreases stress and increases rest at conferences. However, for the purpose of getting published it can be important to pitch. So the question becomes should a writer pitch or should they not pitch and any given conference.
For introverts, just the stress of going to a conference is enough. We don’t need the stress of other concerns and worries. There are things we can’t control, but we need to control what we can.
Be sure your packing is complete. By packing a few days in advance, I keep my suitcase and briefcase open so I can add items as I think about them. In a blog in the next few days, I will share a list of important items to bring to a conference.
Take security precautions. Most of us like the anonymity of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
While I know there are conferences year around I am now in a season of conferences. Therefore, I decided to talk about some of the things attendees to conferences should be considering. I recently returned from the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs (April 24-27). In just over a week, I’ll be leaving for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park (May 14-17). Then I’ll be home for a couple weeks before the Write To Publish Conference in Chicago (June 4-7). After that, I have a break before the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference (July 30 – August 2).
What do you like to write with?
Most of us now write on computers in today’s writing world. I do most of my writing on one. I have memories of when I was in college and my papers were written on a typewriter. When I made a mistake and I was lucky, I could fix it with a little bit of whiteout. More often, I had to totally retype much of what I had written to correct the error.
A start. A beginning. A is one. It is the first one and the one which must be completed before there are others. We have to have A before we can have others.
As a writer, I have to start with A single something. A letter. A word. A sentence. A paragraph. A chapter. A finished manuscript. A submission.
Today I am starting a new set of blogs. The set is starting with A blog. It’s a baby step. Tomorrow I take the next step with the letter B. This month reminds me that just like the blogs for this challenge; all of my writing is one step at a time. I can’t do it all at once.